Local News

  • Negotiations to begin for property for new WHS


    Land was the hot topic at the latest Levy County School Board meeting but 77 acres in Williston will likely cost a pretty penny, but not in the near future.
    The committee that has been meeting regularly to locate the best site for the future Williston High School made its recommendation to the school board, but the actual acquisition is possibly years off. They started with eight sites, narrowed it down to four and ultimately to the one they consider to be the best.

  • County revenue, spending out of whack

    Revenues for the Levy County General Fund, are lagging behind estimates for the first six months of the fiscal year putting the county $1,345,342 in the red.
    County Clerk of Court Danny Shipp presented the bad news to the three commissioners in attendance at Tuesday's Board of County Commissioners meeting in Bronson. Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown (R-District 3) was absent from the meeting.

  • State budget cut could cost school jobs


    Falling tax revenues have forced the Legislature to cut state funding including a $4.7 million  cut to  Levy County schools that could affect as many as 50 employees.
    School Board Superintendent Robert Hastings said, there are “no sacred positions” and “nothing will be left unturned” as he looks for every way to save money and jobs.

  • Yankeetown votes to sue over Tarmac decision

    The Yankeetown Town Council has decided to file a civil action asking the 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Levy County to review the Levy County Commission’s approval of a conditional special exception permit to Tarmac King Road mine near Inglis.
    The decision was anticipated by the County Commission, which on Tuesday approved spending $10,000 to hire a firm specializing in such cases at the request of County Attorney Anne Bast Brown.

  • County closes SE 216 Terrace
  • BOCC closes subdivision road

    Levy County Commission votes to close portion of Southeast 216 Terrace at property owner's request, forcing subdivision residents to use Marion County road to get in and out. Details in this week's Pioneer

  • Daylily Trippin’

    Only a few blocks from downtown Williston lays a sea of color that takes your breath away, causing you to marvel that such spendor is not in a vast rural setting, but contained expertly on three city lots.

    For Bill and Nellie Boyd, the artistry that has transformed their home and yard into a gardener’s paradise has been a labor of love.

    Bill first became enamored with daylilies back in 2000 after visiting Wimberly Way Garden and receiving the gift of a day lily called Total Perfectin.

  • Preserving the past–for the future

    James Brown had to think hard about what he likes about working on the old Shell Pond School.

    “It hasn’t hit me yet. It hasn’t jelled,” The 56-year-old carpenter said, gripping a handsaw and standing in front of a pile of salvaged timber. “That’s a tough question. It’s such a simple structure. What it can become, I guess. That’s what it’s about.”

  • WWII vets to meet Thursday at Ivy House

    World War II vets will meet Thursday,  May 12 at 11 a.m. at the Ivy House in Williston.
    Last month's meeting was at Salt Creek Restaurant in Suwannee. New members were Victor and Dorothy Durrance of Old Town and Gainesville. The couple has returned to Texas but will return in the fall to resume their residency.
    Mr. Durrance and Bob Heise had a long discussion about their war time experience.
    For questions or more information, call Virginia Lewis at 528-2310 or Dot Halvorsen at542-7697.


  • Wanted: Public Safety Director

    Levy County is in the market for a new public safety director who – depending on who you listen to – will split their time  70 percent to emergency medical services and 30 percent to fire services, or 80 percent medical and 20 percent fire, or  85/15.